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Off Your Butt, Change It Up!

 

Roses designed in Bark Basket

If you’re happy with old school designs, this site ain’t the place for you.  Business survival while making money is what I’m about, and changing up flower designs is how to do it to keep those newer generations coming back for more.  If you don’t believe me, shoot me an e-mail at joe@diyfloralanddecor.com and I’m happy to share more insight about this fact.

6 roses in a vase might be okay for some, but I will fight to the finish not to design that way.  So taking the organic feel of a bark basket and giving those roses a special place to shine is why I’m here sharing this article.

Since 6 roses is what most guys think they need to order if not a dozen (why not 4, 5 or 8?) creating the design with two clusters of 3 works well;  one taller, one a tad lower.  I do dig the dimension this gives to the arrangement;  keeps everything proportionate while adding graceful height for our eyes to enjoy.  If you want to make a difference with your designs, getting out there and cutting your own greens does make for a better design.   That’s where grand profit comes in.  I litterly go around my yard daily and snip to my heart’s content so I can create with honor and $’s in my pocket.  With a variety of harvested greens and filler (broom grass, privet, Japanese boxwood, sea foam statice) and tucking in some Melaleuca bark using curly willow to frame the creation, your designs can come to life telling an awesome story to your viewers.

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Taking a few kangaroo paw and attaching them into the corner of the design sure ups the ante with more intense color.   These babies are growing everywhere in our town and they can’t hide from me!Fresh design foliage kangaroo paw closeup 6 roses

And I’m going to make this clear again:  have no fear of designing roses in foam, they will survive as long (or longer) than designed in a vase.  Just make sure the roses are well cut at a slant and placed deep into the foam; any design is only as good as the mechanics used to create it.

Please don’t say that “they” expect the roses to be in a vase.  Show some creative spunk and go to the edge to make a difference.  I don’t gain new customers everyday because I’m a total YES man…..what I do is let them know (with the kindest tone) that I’m capable/trusting telling them “let me do my job and create value that she will thank you for big time!”

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A DIY Wedding Arch Creation

Independence is something I cherish in our world, the ability to create with our own resources gathered from local stores like Home Depot, allowing to act on our design impulses without waiting for shipments.   Their availability of goods enhances our skills beyond what we think we can do proving how resourceful we can be with our thoughts and our awesome hands.  Happy creators make for happy clients!Wedding ARCH (6)

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A Little Slice of Bamboo

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With day in and day out floral work,  you might not realize the impact you have on the world.  Creating floral gifts does make a difference in someone’s life, the “shock and awe” that someone thought so much of the recipient to send them flowers.  It’s your honor to go the extra mile with your talent.  Taking the time to saw, cut, and re work items to enhance the design gives them so much more to elevate their soul. Continue reading A Little Slice of Bamboo

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Tropical Trio Delight

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Trio of tropical designs

Tropical flowers brighten any table, and this trio is the perfect setup for a glass topped unit.  Small with creative interest, these are the kind of designs that capture our eyes with vivid hues and multiple textures .  With  clustering of different product you can achieve this style using anything you have on hand. Continue reading Tropical Trio Delight

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The Perceived Floral Value

Fresh arrangement oranges flax protea (7)Designing flowers can make you money while satisfying that artist I know is hiding somewhere in your psyche.  You just need some info to keep that artist alive and well.  One of the key facts about designing flowers for profit is to understand the perceived value of the design.  What that means is that the flower arrangement looks so cool it doesn’t matter what the sender paid for it……they are so excited they will come back for more while knowing they will get their money’s worth.  In order to make money, you have to make sure the right amount of product is placed in the arrangement without putting too much in.  Continue reading The Perceived Floral Value

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Simple Rose Design

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Rose arrangements are still one of my favorites, and loved across the globe.  There’s just something about this flower that most see as upscale or valuable, while having beauty that they also see in their gardens.  This rose design is airy with grace and creative touches that give the arrangement interest for the viewer.  The tight lily stems will open to reveal a beautiful orange tone to blend with the light peach roses, both purchased from our local farmer’s market.  Always a great deal and just happen to be from local grower Eufloria Flowers and Skyline Flowers. Continue reading Simple Rose Design

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Grand Rose Arrangement

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Making a statement with your rose designs really captures an audience.   We all love to see showy arrangements, and they are totally exciting to construct.  This creation uses two dozen “Goldstrike” roses from my local grower Eufloria Roses, who grows the most beautiful California roses.  They’re only available through wholesalers, but you can get great long stem roses at Albertson’s, Von’s markets or another outlet that you have locally and still create beautifully.   All the other greens and product are from my love of harvesting:  birch logs, Australian Flax, nandina (heavenly bamboo), podocarpis, sea foam statice, blade grass (loriope), fox tail fern, variegated pittisporum. Continue reading Grand Rose Arrangement

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Floral Centerpiece Mojo

Centerpiece arrangements can be a bit confusing when you’re first learning floral design, even after you have some experience under your belt.  Just remember to keep practicing, listening, and learning;  then it will all come together and you’ll be an expert at centerpiece construction.   There are so many occasions where these are needed and asked for.  So, proper construction is the name of this game and  I’m here to nudge that along in a way that is educational and rewarding.

This design is free flowing and easy to assemble once you understand the “why” and “how”.   It’s the perfect flower arrangement for bride’s tables, dinner parties, sideboards, just about anywhere a centerpiece is needed.  You can scale it down or make the design much larger.  Always remember that you’re the captain of the ship that takes direction from YOU.   What I love about this sharing is that once you learn these design techniques, adjustments can be made for whatever occasion or area you need the arrangement for.  Let’s get to work! Continue reading Floral Centerpiece Mojo

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A Ficus Creation

Chuck Merrill Ficus (6)When duty calls, we rise to the occasion!  That’s exactly what happened when I had a request to fill an entry niche with an artificial plant.   Did I cower with fear, that fear of not knowing what to design for the space, the amount to charge while making sure I came out on top financially?  Well, maybe just a little…..but that’s when we learn, grow and show what we’re made of! Continue reading A Ficus Creation

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Quirky Cool

Fresh arrangement cool look (7)This flower arrangement is one of my favs.    The flow and architectural elements capture your eye, taking it up, around and through the design.  Did I have this planned?  No way!  My little pee brain can plan, but most of the time I take my product and put it together the way it happens.  Continue reading Quirky Cool